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Westwood and Paisley through to third round; GOLF.

Byline: CHRIS ROBINSON

LEE Westwood shot a 67 in the second round of the Scottish Open Championship to make the cut on five under.

Westwood rifled his drive down the middle of the fairway at the 594-yard par-5 first setting up an excellent opening birdie, and followed with two pars rejoined the birdie trail at the par-4 fourth. With dogged determination, Westwood had his swing in the groove and following pars at the fifth and sixth, played one of the best shots of his life at the 543-yard par-5 seventh, landing his approach six inches from the pin for a tap-in eagle and with pars at 8 and 9 turned in 31.

On the back nine he had a bogey at the 11th, followed by six pars, with a birdie at the long 16th and returned in a level par 36.

Chris Paisley, the Stocksfield circuit star, shot a second-round 70 at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick to finish on 7 under.

He opened at the first with a regulation par-5, safely negotiated the par-4 second - the hardest hole on the course - before a superb birdie at the 444-yard par-4 sixth.

Following pars at the seventh and eighth, hit the jackpot with a superb birdie at the long 218-yard par-3 ninth, and turned in a 2-under par 33.

He faced the back nine holes into a freshening wind, and made a steady start with a par-4 at the 433-yard 10th, before dropping a shot at the 11th, but following pars at 12 and 13, the wheel came off, and he slumped with successive bogeys at the 14th and 15th. With typical tenacity, Paisley didn't take his foot off the pedal, and had a brilliant brace of birdies at 16 and 17, before a steady par at the 483-yard 18th salvaged a well-worked 1-over par 37.

Paisley's putter wasn't as hot yesterday, and it became a round of two distinct halves, with the epitome of perfection on the front nine, but the three bogeys on the homeward half spoilt what could have been another excellent score.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2019
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